A Southern California teacher is facing a severe backlash after a student recorded him bad-talking the military, including using epithets and cursing to convey his message. He has been placed on administrative leave by the school district.
According to Fox News, Gregory Salcido, of El Rancho High School, has also been removed from all assignments that he’d normally be given as a city councilman as well, serving on the Pico Rivera council. School officials are conducting an investigation into the student’s recording.
“One thing we are telling people for sue is that the commitment of the board and the superintendent and the staff is to really get to the bottom of this for the community,” said School Superintendent Karling Aguilera-Fort.
Salcido used vulgar words during his rant of the military. The recording conveys this.
“Think about the people who you know who are over there. Your freaking stupid Uncle Louie or whatever. They’re dumbs---s. They’re not like high-level thinkers, they’re not academic people, they’re not intellectual people. They’re the lowest of our low.”
After the Pico Rivera City Council removed him as a councilman, Mayor Gustavo Camacho issued a statement criticizing Salcido for his remarks.
“We, the elected governing body of the City of Pico Rivera, unequivocally disagree and condemn the recent comments made by Councilmember Salcido regarding those individuals who have served or are currently serving in our nation’s military,” the statement said.
"The City Council and residents of Pico Rivera are steadfast in the recognition that the contributions by those who have served or are currently serving our country via military service are respected and we are grateful for their service.”
The 17-year-old student who secretly recorded Salcido’s rant did so out of anger, according to Fox News.
“He has a history of being anti-military,” the student said, referring to Salcido. “Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion but at the same time they shouldn’t be disrespecting the veterans who have fought for our rights, who give up their lives and do stuff that other people are not willing to do.”
Salcido, 49, told the Whittier Daily News in response, “Based on the many hateful, vulgar, and violent threats being made against me and my family, my priority is the emotional and physical health of my wife and son,” he said.
A Pentagon spokesman said on Monday that he condemned Salcido’s comments as “very uniformed.”
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